Cardiac telemetry is a way to monitor a person’s vital signs remotely. A cardiac telemetry unit usually involves several patient rooms with vital sign monitors that continuously transmit data, such as your heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure, to a nearby location. A specially trained nurse monitors the vital signs and can respond to any changes that signal a potential problem with your health status.
Dignity Health Southern California provides progressive cardiac telemetry across Southern California. Take our online heart risk assessment, and use our Find a Doctor tool to make an appointment today in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, or San Bernardino.
Why We Use Cardiac Telemetry at Dignity Health Southern California
If you have a certain heart problems or are at risk for heart rhythm problems, you may be admitted to a cardiac telemetry unit at Dignity Health Southern California.
Your doctor may recommend for cardiac telemetry for several reasons:
- Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation)
- Chest pain with an unstable heart rhythm
- Monitoring to coordinate with heart procedures such as cardioversion, which corrects abnormal heart rhythms
- Monitoring before or after open heart surgery
What to Expect from the Cardiac Telemetry Unit
If you are admitted to a cardiac telemetry unit, one of our trained nurses will apply various vital sign sensors to your body:
- Blood pressure cuff on your arm to monitor your blood pressure continuously
- Oxygen monitor (pulse oximeter) on your finger to measure the amount of oxygen in your blood
- EKG (electrocardiogram, or ECG) leads on your chest to monitor your heart rate and rhythm
The blood pressure cuff will inflate periodically, and the other leads will transmit data silently to a monitor in your room and in the telemetry nurse’s room.
A cardiac telemetry unit is much like any other hospital department. You will likely have intravenous (IV) support and receive the same level of nursing care as people in other departments.
Many people come to our cardiac telemetry unit as part of recovery from a heart condition or procedure. Once your heart rhythm stabilizes, your Dignity Health Southern California health care team may discharge you from the telemetry unit to your home or transfer you to a regular hospital room. You can trust us to provide personalized care every step of the process.
Dignity Health offers expertise in cardiac telemetry in Southern California.